South Australia PCH



The RACP Paediatric Training Program in South Australia is run by a state-wide network. The network is made up of supervisors who represent each of the hospitals offering Paediatric Training, including:

  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
  • Lyell McEwin Hospital
  • Flinders Medical Centre

The Basic Physician training (BPT) in Paediatric and Child Health (PCH) program is 3 years, and rotations occur through:

  • general paediatrics
  • neonatology
  • paediatric emergency
  • medical sub-specialties.

BPT is the first step in a minimum 6-year training program with the RACP to become a physician. During BPT in PCH, you:

  • experience working in diverse medical specialties within PCH
  • complete training rotations with a range of hospitals and health services
  • build on the clinical knowledge and skills gained during your medical degree to develop the professional qualities, attitudes and behaviours you need to become a competent physician.

Once in the SA BPT in PCH program, you can apply for a secondment in BPT within the Northern Territory program.

Recruitment campaign

Recruitment and allocation of Resident Medical Officer (RMO) positions (Postgraduate Year 2 and above) in South Australia occurs on an annual basis. It is a centralised process administered by the South Australian Medical Education and Training (SA MET) Unit on behalf of the South Australian Department of Health and South Australian Local Health Networks (LHNs).

SA MET isn’t the employing body and doesn’t provide employment contracts. Contracts are provided by the relevant hospitals/networks.

The network panel negotiates site allocations of successful candidates by considering their training and the hospital’s service needs.

Completing the BPT program in PCH

Once you complete Basic Training, you’re eligible to apply for an Advanced Training position in a PCH specialty.

After completing both Basic and Advanced Training, you’ll be eligible to register to practice as a specialist physician in Australia or Aotearoa New Zealand.

Related information

SA Medical Education and Training

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